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Management und Organisationstheorien (Vorlesung/Übung)

Dozent/in: Markus Reihlen

wöchentlich | Dienstag | 08:15 - 10:30 | 18.10.2010 - 04.02.2011 | W Aula
Einzeltermin | Di, 08.02.2011, 08:15 - Di, 08.02.2011, 09:15 | C HS 1 | Klausur
Einzeltermin | Di, 22.03.2011, 08:15 - Di, 22.03.2011, 09:15 | W 201 | Wiederholungsklausur

Inhalt: COURSE DESCRIPTION Much of our professional and private life today is shaped by organizations ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups for software development via bureaucracies engaged in state administration to loosely coupled networks created for biotech innovations. Understanding and leading these organizations require managers, whether business executives, consultants, or politicians, to become skilled in the art of interpreting complex situations they are attempting to organize and manage. In “reading” these situations theories become powerful thought tools for managers. As Albert Einstein once remarked: “It is the theories which decides what we can observe.” Since any given theory is an incomplete abstraction that cannot capture all aspects of the organizational phenomenon, truly complex problem-solving require the coordination of multiple frames of reference. This course provides students with a profound introduction into ten selected images of organizations and demonstrates their relevance for understanding and designing managerial practice. Besides theoretical concepts, teaching will be based on real life cases to provide students with a practical context for course discussions. Throughout the course, initiative, creativity, and critical thinking on the part of the students will be appreciated and encouraged. Students have to learn how to critically analyze different alternatives that are all attractive for a different reason. COURSE STRUCTURE Although this course is formally subdivided into a lecture and a tutorial, I will use a more flexible teaching style mixing lectures, case discussions, and multimedia presentations whenever appropriate. This means that in practice there may be no clear distinction between lecture and tutorial in my teaching. It is imperative for you as a student to have read the required book chapters, articles, and cases before coming to class. Class discussion will be used to explore practical business implications from an interdisciplinary perspective.